Continuing our blog series ‘Nurture Loves…’ where we talk about all things that inspire and nurture us.
This month we talk to mum and entrepreneur founder of Nipper Nutrition, Jessica Louise Watson who is on a mission to make healthier eating more fun for kids!
We have been really inspired by her creative talents by putting together a children’s nutrition and activity box (subscription free) with everything that parents need to make healthier eating, exercise and outdoor activities more fun for minors’ through creative cookery, fun food crafts and active play. With Easter fast approaching we thought it would great to get some tips and advice on healthy eating for kids!
So tell us about the story behind Nippers Nutrition and how it all started?
Nippers Nutrition is on a mission to teach parents how to promote healthier eating and exercise habits from an early age by making both more fun for minors’ – something that I believe it can be achieved by encouraging tots’ to take part in educational and age-appropriate activities such as creative cookery, fun food crafts and active play.
As children’s’ eating habits, food preferences and perception of physical activity are all formed early in life, I’ve always been eager to ensure that these are as healthy and positive as possible and decided to create and use Nippers Nutrition as a way to motivate both parents and children to make healthier choices, the former by continuing to pursue my passion for educating parents about what healthier eating and enjoyable exercise entail, and the latter by creating a collection of kits, subscription free boxes and food education activities that make forming healthier habits more fun for minors.
Although it’s no secret that too much salt and sugar can have an adverse effect on children’s’ health when chronically consumed in excess, many minors’ are currently exceeding their daily recommended intakes (which vary depending on age and are much lower than adults) as a result of tucking into too many sugar-sweetened foods and fluids AND seemingly ‘healthier’ sources such as unsweetened fruit juice (which contains the ‘free’ sugars that little’uns need to eat less of), flavoured yogurt (which commonly contains added sugar) and breakfast cereals (which are frequently overeaten and can be full of salt and/sugar). This means that in order to reduce their risk of developing the detrimental health complications connected to a diet high in salt and sugar e.g. overweight, obesity and tooth decay (sugar) and hypertension (salt), we not only need to limit their intake of sugary sources such as cakes and confectionery by encouraging them to enjoy them occasionally as opposed to every day, but be mindful that some ‘healthier’ foods and fluids can also increase their intake if they play a predominant part in their daily diet.
As a sustainable clothing brand, we are always talking about waste and how we can minimise this. As a parent how can we help to minimise the amount of food children waste?
- Opting for frozen fruit and veg. Aside from having a longer shelf life in comparison to their fresh counterparts, frozen fruit and veg allow parents to prepare precise (and petite for picky eaters!) portions as and when tots’ feel like tucking in.
- Make the most of little’uns leftovers. As children’ appetite and food intake can differ daily, leftovers can be a common concern for parents, particularly those who fear food waste! In order to make the most of unneeded nutrition (we’re talking too much food, not the mush left on your little’uns plate!), store any unwanted/uneaten food in the freezer (if safe to) for future meals as opposed to banishing it to the bin – this not only reduces food waste, but provides a form of food prep in the process!
- Shrink portion sizes. Although tots’ have tinier tummies than adults, many parents are prone to serving them family sized portions – an avoidable action that not only frequently results in food waste as little’uns fail to finish a substantial serving of food, but can be prevented by simply serving minors’ mini meals (they will always ask for more if needed!).
A fun fruit (pig) face can be created using three simple steps:
- Slice an apple in half and use a circular metal cookie cutter to create the pig’s face.
- Smear the inside (not the skin!) of the apple with yoghurt – plain provides a healthier alternative, and strawberry the pink shade of a pig.
- Use a selection of sliced fruit to create the pig’s facial features, e.g. strawberries for the ears and nose, blueberries for the eyes and two tiny raisins for the nostrils!
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